I literally just got back from watching this film, and my mind is abuzz with thoughts. So here’s my review of Doctor Strange, even though typically, I don’t like doing reviews. This is no exception. In fact, it’s more of just my initial thoughts on the film, not a proper review. I just call it a review for SEO purposes. Anyway, moving along.
I’ll get my negative criticism out of the way first. Don’t worry, there’s not much of it. Overall, I really enjoyed the film, but the only annoying part of it was what I find to be a problem across all Marvel films. It’s formulaic, too formulaic. Everything from the character arc, to the cinematography, to the plot structure, to even the color scheme. Marvel has found their stride, and they’re not breaking from it. The innovation that marked Marvel Studios in its early days has now become a norm. There is little to no innovation in their recent films. Just more of the good. Now this is not necessarily a bad thing. But it could be, if it keeps up. We’ll see how we feel once Phase Four begins at Marvel. But for me personally, something needs to change. I’m already feeling the superhero fatigue.
That said, this film did not suffer from jarring universe-building scenes like Age of Ultron and Civil War. This film went back to what made Phase One, and parts of Phase Two so good. It stood on its own. In fact, considering the vast differences in the character of Doctor Strange from the other Marvel heroes, this film didn’t suffer from my above criticism as much as it could have. But it was still there, and it was still obvious.
Now I don’t want people to feel that I didn’t love this film. I did. Benedict Cumberbatch was incredible as Doctor Strange, and the other actors were also amazing, especially Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One. And yes I know, white-washing. Yup. It’s a problem. There was also a bit of a white-savior thread in the story. Also a problem. But they were….well executed problems? Is that a thing?
The humor scattered itself perfectly through the story to keep it light, despite the rather dark storyline. The film had amazing visuals. Like, AMAZING visuals! And also, the after-credit scene was one of my favorites, though not quite shawarma-level favorite. All in all, I loved it! It’s my favorite since Guardians of the Galaxy, and in my top 5 Marvel films. I recommend that everyone see it, then see it again. And you should probably see it again after that in 3D, because did I mention the visuals?
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